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Chapter 2. Starting and Quitting Windows... > Secrets of Mastering the Windows 98 ...

Secrets of Mastering the Windows 98 Environment: Accessing FAT32 Volumes on a Dual-Boot System

FAT32 is a file system driver that enables Windows NT to access FAT32 formatted partitions. You should not convert the boot partition, the first partition on the system to FAT32. Windows NT boots from this partition. And Windows NT cannot boot from a FAT32 partition.

The optimum disk configuration for multiboot systems is to format the first partition, the partition containing the boot files for the operating systems, FAT. FAT allows access to the boot files during system startup for DOS, Windows 98, and Windows NT. User and mission-critical data can then be stored on additional partitions on the system running FAT32.


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